Fantasy Football Week 2 Rankings: Top 25 Quarterbacks

Eric StashinSenior Writer ISeptember 14, 2011

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 08:  Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers throws a pass against the New Orleans Saints during the NFL opening season game at Lambeau Field on September 8, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Saints 42-34.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Week 1 in the NFL was filled with impressive passing performances.  Four quarterbacks threw for over 400 yards and 14 threw for over 300.  With so many impressive outings, how do our Week 2 rankings look?  Let’s take a look:

  1. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – at Carolina
  2. Michael Vick – Philadelphia Eagles – at Atlanta
  3. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – vs. Chicago
  4. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – at New England
  5. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – vs. San Diego
  6. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – vs. Kansas City
  7. Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys – at San Francisco
  8. Josh Freeman – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Minnesota
  9. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Seattle
  10. Matt Schaub – Houston Texans – at Miami
  11. Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – at Tennessee
  12. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Philadelphia
  13. Sam Bradford – St. Louis Rams – at New York Giants
  14. Kevin Kolb – Arizona Cardinals – at Washington
  15. Kyle Orton – Denver Broncos – vs. Cincinnati
  16. Ryan Fitzpatrick – Buffalo Bills – vs. Oakland
  17. Eli Manning – New York Giants – vs. St. Louis
  18. Mark Sanchez – New York Jets – vs. Jacksonville
  19. Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears – at New Orleans
  20. Rex Grossman – Washington Redskins – vs. Arizona
  21. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – vs. Green Bay
  22. Chad Henne – Miami Dolphins – vs. Houston
  23. Kerry Collins – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Cleveland
  24. Matt Cassel – Kansas City Chiefs – at Detroit
  25. Colt McCoy – Cleveland Browns – at Indianapolis


  • Rex Grossman had a huge Week 1, scorching the Giants for 305 yards, 2 TDs and 0 INT.  As if that weren’t enough, in Week 2 he gets to face a Cardinals' secondary that allowed Cam Newton to throw for 422 yards and 2 TDs.  Is he going to be a tremendous option?  No, but as a QB2 he’s starting to look a lot better.
  • Speaking of Newton, did anyone really see that performance coming?  After all the talk of him being more of a runner and unable to make a big play with his arm, he exploded onto the NFL scene.  Can we expect him to be able to replicate this type of performance?  Absolutely not, though he has entrenched himself as a viable QB2 at this point.  Before you look at him facing Green Bay and get excited (since they were torched in Week 1), keep in mind he is no Drew Brees.
  • The Kansas City Chiefs didn’t get burned for a ton of yards in Week 1, but they gave up four passing TDs to Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Buffalo Bills.  Considering that Matthew Stafford has more weapons at his disposal (most notably Calvin Johnson) and already showed that he’s for real (305 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT in Week 1), you have to love the matchup.  He looks like a solid play in all formats for the coming week.
  • The Eagles’ trio of corner backs appeared to do the job in Week 1, holding Sam Bradford and the St. Louis Rams to under 200 passing yards.  This week they draw Matt Ryan and the Falcons.  While I wouldn’t drop Ryan too far down your board, he also isn’t a top option either.
  • Wasn’t the Steelers' defense supposed to be tough?  Joe Flacco burned them for 224 yards, 3 TDs and 0 INT.  You have to like his potential at this point, no matter who he’s facing.  He’s not going to be a top option, but a low-end QB1 for sure.
  • The San Diego Chargers' passing defense looked dominant in Week 1.  Of course, they also got to face Donovan McNabb.  This week will be a different story, as they get Tom Brady and his 517 yard Week 1 performance.  Who do you think is going to win that matchup?
  • While the Jets opened the offense up in Week 1, does anyone truly believe that they are going to continue at such a pace?  They need to get Shonn Greene and the running game going, so I wouldn’t expect Sanchez to be able to replicate such gaudy numbers (335 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT).  That’s why his value is suppressed a bit on the rankings, though he did open some eyes.
  • Kerry Collins has too many weapons at his disposal not to consider him as a QB2, doesn’t he?  Things should definitely get better, so those in deeper formats shouldn’t completely write him off.

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